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by still_stirrin
Mon Apr 19, 2021 9:58 am
Forum: What Not To Use/Do
Topic: Big Clive dot com
Replies: 2
Views: 25

Re: Big Clive dot com

Perhaps the accent adds a “wee bit” of credibility?

Sorry, neither bottle sounds inviting to me. Garbage in —> garbage out (GIGO).
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by still_stirrin
Mon Apr 19, 2021 5:59 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Moonshine and likker related songs
Replies: 7
Views: 381

Re: Moonshine and likker related songs



North Carolina country.
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by still_stirrin
Sun Apr 18, 2021 3:54 am
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Creating whiskey from rectified spirit
Replies: 6
Views: 148

Re: Creating whiskey from rectified spirit

Hi, I'm planning to start a small business. I want to create a nice whiskey using rectified neutral spirit . I have following questions in my mind: 1. Do I need it to distill the spirit again if it is coming in Plastic drums? <— If you dilute it to 40%ABV, what does it taste like? That would help y...
by still_stirrin
Sat Apr 17, 2021 4:28 am
Forum: Rum
Topic: Heads and tails in rum...
Replies: 9
Views: 207

Re: Heads and tails in rum...

Heads, hearts and tails all contain the same VOCs, (Volatile organic compounds), it's just their relationships to ethanol and each other that changes during the run. Our job in choosing a heart cut, is to select the portion that has the relationships that suit our particular tastes. WoW! That is th...
by still_stirrin
Fri Apr 16, 2021 5:06 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: Slant Plate Bubblers
Replies: 15
Views: 594

Re: Slant Plate Bubblers

Bumping this thread. Anybody ever tried this? Or know of related thread? I'm curious why it wouldn't work. Is the vapor path too restricted? The vapor is definitely traveling through the liquid. I think rad may have not seen the plate on the right forcing the red puff of vapor through the blue cond...
by still_stirrin
Fri Apr 16, 2021 4:35 pm
Forum: Mashing, fermenting, flavoring and aging related hardware
Topic: Sediment in coffee filtered whiskey
Replies: 12
Views: 218

Re: Sediment in coffee filtered whiskey

I found that sometimes I get corn oils; a hazy, heavy cloud in my bourbons even after bottling. Coffee filters do little to separate these oils. Keeping the bottle in the refrigerator will make the cloud more apparent. But, it adds a lot of flavor, so I just swirl the bottle before pouring into my t...
by still_stirrin
Fri Apr 16, 2021 1:04 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Volume question
Replies: 7
Views: 168

Re: Volume question

Nesster, Ten to 11 lb. of grain should get you to 1.052 to 1.056 depending on how long you let it convert. With a 1.056 OG, your “potential alcohol” is roughly 7.25%ABV, or about 7.25/100 x 6 = 0.44 gallons at 100%ABV (theoretical, but not practically possible). So, if your average offstill is 40%AB...
by still_stirrin
Fri Apr 16, 2021 7:54 am
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: Rye with barley or corn?
Replies: 6
Views: 100

Re: Rye with barley or corn?

+1 to Expat.

Use the malted barley. It will complement the rye, not cover it up. Corn will add “corny sweetness”, barley won’t.
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by still_stirrin
Tue Apr 13, 2021 1:15 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Well water quality
Replies: 5
Views: 137

Re: Well water quality

Iron is high. And iron will hurt yeast. If you get a whole house filter, a softener, and then reverse osmosis filter it will be good to drink and great to brew with. Otherwise, you’ll need to periodically replace your water heater and faucets in the house. I don’t see any organics in your analysis. ...
by still_stirrin
Tue Apr 13, 2021 6:52 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: KOH for boosting pH?
Replies: 16
Views: 221

Re: KOH for boosting pH?

Potassium is a great yeast nutrient. And KOH is a very strong base, so you wouldn’t need much to raise the pH dramatically. Of course, you’ll need to “handle with care” —> make sure you wear rubber gloves and eye protection and make sure you don’t splash it . But, diluted with distilled water and th...
by still_stirrin
Mon Apr 12, 2021 11:31 am
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: Gerber
Replies: 910
Views: 206696

Re: Gerber

I'm doing 2 strip runs back to back, the first is a 10 gallon batch and almost done. The second is a 6 gallon batch. is there any advantage in leaving some backset of the 1st strip in the boiler for the second batch? Probably not, other than having a mass of liquid that is already hot...think of it...
by still_stirrin
Mon Apr 12, 2021 10:58 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Bad smell
Replies: 28
Views: 358

Re: Bad smell

So just having a riser is not good enough. I am willing to learn. Just don’t know where to learn from.... Here’s a link to the parent site that will give you a better understanding of how a still works and the difference between a potstill and a reflux still: https://homedistiller.org/wiki/index.ph...
by still_stirrin
Mon Apr 12, 2021 9:05 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Bad smell
Replies: 28
Views: 358

Re: Bad smell

SS I HAVE A 4 foot colum and a 1 foot colum I could use or swap out too. As for reflux, I was going to use rashing rings and copper scrubby. That should cause reflux , <— Packing alone won’t create reflux. You MUST have a reflux condenser. So your saying don’t go so high with the column ? <— It’s N...
by still_stirrin
Mon Apr 12, 2021 8:38 am
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Damn! My barrel's too big!
Replies: 24
Views: 550

Re: Damn! My barrel's too big!

I don’t recommend using water to store casks when not filled with spirits. The water will tend to grow mold and that can ruin any future usage of a cask. If nothing else, get some cheap liquor store wine and fill the cask with that. It’ll keep it swollen and keep the “critters” from growing inside. ...
by still_stirrin
Mon Apr 12, 2021 8:24 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Bad smell
Replies: 28
Views: 358

Re: Bad smell

So, on your product condenser outlet, get a copper union and sweat a length of copper to the outlet to get it closer to your collection jar. And with a union, you can disassemble it for storage, or even use a smaller length of pipe when you don’t have such a long riser (not a column on a potstill) o...
by still_stirrin
Mon Apr 12, 2021 8:20 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Bad smell
Replies: 28
Views: 358

Re: Bad smell

Tape it over. That won’t help you in the slightest. It’ll only confuse and confound. Thermometers on potstills should be ILLEGAL.
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by still_stirrin
Mon Apr 12, 2021 8:07 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Bad smell
Replies: 28
Views: 358

Re: Bad smell

Shame, shame.....get rid of that vinyl hose on the product outlet. It’s gonna’ make your product stink and taste bad.

What’s at the top? Do you have a reflux condenser up there? Or, is it just a “capped Tee”? Can’t see it in the photo.
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by still_stirrin
Mon Apr 12, 2021 6:48 am
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: Why is it huffing at me!?
Replies: 7
Views: 200

Re: Why is it huffing at me!?

Shadylane figured it out.....you’re hearing the boiler, or rather, the rolling boil in the boiler. With the new, more powerful reflux condenser, you have turned up the heat input, thereby creating more vapor. And that rapidly producing boil is noisy. Since the sound is muffled inside your insulated ...
by still_stirrin
Sun Apr 11, 2021 5:26 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Mashing with Infected Backset
Replies: 6
Views: 552

Re: Mashing with Infected Backset

Zeo,

Unfortunately that’s mold in your bin, not lacto pellicle. A big difference and not near as appetizing. I wouldn’t want to use the mold scum, although the backset below it is still probably OK. Bacteria doesn’t like to grow in such an acidic environment.
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by still_stirrin
Sun Apr 11, 2021 1:07 pm
Forum: Boilers
Topic: Using HERMS Coil to Heat Boiler
Replies: 15
Views: 154

Re: Using HERMS Coil to Heat Boiler

So, if you’re planning to use 50/50 propylene glycol and water, the boiling point is actually about 222*F according to the attached document. While it is greater than water, it is a lot closer to the wash temperature than initially planned. And the heat transfer rate (and vapor production rate) will...
by still_stirrin
Sun Apr 11, 2021 12:30 pm
Forum: Whiskey
Topic: How much peat
Replies: 3
Views: 69

Re: How much peat

You could do that Poppa. But I’d shoot for 2 lb. per gallon, such that you need 24 lb. of malt per 12 gallon batch of water. For 3 stripping ferments, you’d need 3 x 24 lb = 72 lb. total, of which you have 44 lb. of peat malt already. So, you’ll need 28 lb. of base malt to add to that. Then, for eac...
by still_stirrin
Sun Apr 11, 2021 12:19 pm
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: New to 'stillin
Replies: 4
Views: 100

Re: New to 'stillin

Help him when he makes his cuts. You’ll learn a lot from “practical experience”. You’re one of the lucky ones....who actually has someone close who can mentor you. Use it!
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by still_stirrin
Sun Apr 11, 2021 10:01 am
Forum: Boilers
Topic: Using HERMS Coil to Heat Boiler
Replies: 15
Views: 154

Re: Using HERMS Coil to Heat Boiler

Flavor Trave, There are a few members here who use steam to heat a mash tun, or even to heat a “thumper boiler”. Steam carries a lot of energy that can transfer to a wash to get it hot. But as Berserk noted, the heat transfer from the steam to the wash is proportional to the temperature difference b...
by still_stirrin
Sun Apr 11, 2021 9:46 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: larger batches of whiskey - straining?
Replies: 19
Views: 445

Re: larger batches of whiskey - straining?

Sure. Some siphon. Some squeeze with a wringer. Me...I separate before fermenting, but I may be in the minority here. Regardless, the bigger your mash size, the bigger your “mess” will be. So, size accordingly...and be prepared. If you get “big enough” and have the money to invest, there are slurry ...
by still_stirrin
Sun Apr 11, 2021 6:42 am
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Newcomer looking for tips on building a keg still
Replies: 8
Views: 212

Re: Newcomer looking for tips on building a keg still

Welcome aboard this “sailing ship”. Hang on...it’s an adventurous ride! In an effort to keep this thread appropriate for the Welcome forum, I’d just add a note to venture to the Construction forum where there are discussions of many different builds, including stillheads and boilers. And we have a f...
by still_stirrin
Sun Apr 11, 2021 6:31 am
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: Building Carbon Filter help
Replies: 15
Views: 263

Re: Building Carbon Filter help

Can’t answer these questions, Dale. I use the “liver filter” NZChris promotes. It’s worked flawlessly so far.
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by still_stirrin
Sat Apr 10, 2021 12:17 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Sippin cream... How?
Replies: 15
Views: 436

Re: Sippin cream... How?

The Recipe Development forum has a lot of interesting recipes (and ensuing discussions). Do a search for “cream” and see what you get.
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by still_stirrin
Sat Apr 10, 2021 12:10 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: First rum
Replies: 3
Views: 77

Re: First rum

My question is this, I plan on making with raw sugar cane and molasses using dady yeast and fermax any suggestions? Yes, we have a forum specifically for rum producers. There are a world’s worth of suggestions there, especially for a new “explorer”. How important is it to save dunder for future run...
by still_stirrin
Fri Apr 09, 2021 4:34 am
Forum: Boilers
Topic: Repurpose an electric water heater?
Replies: 5
Views: 196

Re: Repurpose an electric water heater?

cIRCitmage wrote:
Thu Apr 08, 2021 8:17 am
Given the creativity of the community, wondering is anyone has repurposed an electric water heater....If I'm the first to have suggested this...
Getcha’ an old car radiator to use as a condenser and you’ll have a setup right out of the 1930’s (Prohibition Era). :crazy:
by still_stirrin
Thu Apr 08, 2021 8:27 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: Sweet Feed Wash problem?
Replies: 15
Views: 369

Re: Sweet Feed Wash problem?

...the grain taste is not the flavor I was after. Hey jarhead...first off...thank you for your service. Now, why would you make a sweet feed recipe if you don’t want the grain flavor? Oh, so many here dream of grain flavor in their sweet feed ferment. For you to say you don’t want the grain flavors...